Nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising is a very diverse and rewarding field. Organizations that are certified as nonprofits use any revenue they make beyond operating costs to help achieve their missions and goals (rather than distribute this revenue as a profit). Philanthropy and fundraising are both fields that work to develop funding and non-monetary benefits for organizations—such as nonprofits—that need budgetary support to fulfill their missions and goals.
Designing your major
Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising, including:
- Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation
- Sustainable Business (co-major)
- Healthcare Management and Policy
- Arts Management
- Public Policy Analysis
- Environmental and Sustainability Studies
- Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) (Certificate)
- Law and Public Policy
- Public Management and Leadership
- Youth Development
Learn about careers in the field
Learn through experience
Join a student organization
Student organizations can help us clarify our interests and build experience. Here are a few ideas of organizations in this area:
- Nonprofit Management Association
- Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
- Psychology Club at Indiana University
- 180 Degrees Consulting
- AmeriCorps Alumni Association at Indiana University
- Big Brother and Big Sisters at Indiana University
- Doctors Without Borders: Ambassadors at Indiana University
- Habitat for Humanity at Indiana University
- Student United Way at Indiana University
Volunteering in the community has many benefits for the community and for your personal and professional development. How can you use your knowledge and skills to make a difference?
- Bloomington Volunteer Network
- IU Dance Marathon
- Hoosier Hills Food Bank
- Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
- Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
- Girls Incorporated Of Monroe County
- Community Kitchen of Monroe County Inc.
- Girl Scouts Of Central Indiana
- Special Olympics Indiana- Monroe County
- Best Buddies International
- Down Syndrome Family Connection
Interested in graduate school?
In this field, some common graduate school programs may include: a master’s degree in nonprofit management, human resources, counseling, social work, marriage, and family therapy!
The Philanthropy Journal’s mission is to serve as a platform for nonprofits and their supporters to be reflective, think critically, and share their stories in order to build a stronger, more courageous sector. Providing nonprofits a platform to tell their stories and valuable resources through our podcast, features, resources, nonprofit news and job listings.
There are many ways to explore careers, through research, gaining experience, and talking with other people. Your career coach is here to mentor you and help you find ways to explore that fit you best.